The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography is pleased to announce that Ms. Breehan James has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing in the School of Art and Design.

Breehan received her MFA in Painting from Yale University School of Art and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Her previous academic appointments include a full-time appointment at Boston University in the Undergraduate and Graduate Painting Programs, Assistant Professor of Painting at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and a visiting appointment in Painting, Drawing, and 2D Foundations at Georgia State University. Breehan’s exhibition record is impressive and her work has been recognized by numerous grants, awards, and residencies. Breehan was awarded a residency at the prestigious Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in 2014 and will attend Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Artist Residency Program this summer. Her work has been reviewed in many publications and she was included in “100 Artists to Watch” in the January 2012 issue of Modern Painters. She is represented by Larissa Goldston in New York and Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee.

Welcome Breehan!



Whitney Hubbs, Woman no. 3, 2016

The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography is pleased to announce that artist Whitney Hubbs has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Photography in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University.

Whitney Hubbs received her MFA at the University of California in Los Angeles and her BFA from California College of Art.  She is currently Photography Lab Supervisor at UCLA, a research position that contributes to the development of the photography program. Additionally, she has taught courses at the University of California Riverside, California State University Long Beach, and lectured at UCLA and USC.  Whitney has an impressive exhibition record nationally and internationally, with group exhibitions at The Getty Museum, LA, Ballroom Marfa, TX, Higher Pictures and Yancey Richardson, New York and Milk, Copenhagen. Her work has been reviewed in the New Yorker, Vice Magazine and ArtNews. Whitney is represented by M+B Gallery in Los Angeles.


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Congratulations Seniors on your BFA Thesis Shows!


April 19, 2016

Nevins Theater
This event is free and open to the public.

The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography is pleased to present Randall Chair Jennifer Niederhauser-Schlup.

Swiss artist Jennifer Niederhauser-Schlup uses photography as modifier of vision and to complicate our conception of reality. Through manipulation of photographic space, she creates an unstable flow of information in order to confuse visual experience, deftly combining images to create perceived, unreal perfection. In each body of work, she photographs objects, people and landscapes, building strange and ambiguous narratives. Constructed objects in the studio and heavy post-production digital editing further the illusory quality of Niederhauser-Schlup’s world, as she searches for an uncertain truth.

Jennifer Niederhauser-Schlup’s work has been exhibited widely, including BEARSPACE gallery in London, the Unseen Photo Fair + Festival in Amsterdam and East Wing Gallery in Dubai. Her work has been published in Foam Magazine, Landscape Stories and Stand Quarterly. Along with her collaborator, Florine Bonaventure, she founded Adventice Editions, a multidisciplinary editorial project. Adventice was featured in the Swiss Focus room at MoMA PS1’s New York Art Book Fair in 2013. Niederhauser-Schlup received a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and a Masters in Art Direction/Photoraphy from the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL).

Tuesday, April 5th at 4:30 in Binns-Merrill Hall, Room C


 Jutta Haeckel, will present a lecture on her work and discuss the significance of painting in Düsseldorf, Germany. She will be joined at the end of her lecture by Kevin Wixted and Stephanie McMahon to give a brief overview of the new Alfred/Düsseldorf MFA in Painting scheduled to begin in fall 2017!

Jutta Haeckel lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. She served as the International Randal Chair in Painting at Alfred University in 2012. Born in Hanover, Germany, she studied at Hochschule fur Kunste in Bremen, Germany and Goldsmiths College in London. She has exhibited widely in Germany, including recent exhibitions at the Kunsthalle in Recklinghausen and at Schloss Detmold. Haeckel is represented by Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco.


Congratulations Kevin!

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. was established in 1985 for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to individual visual artists of established ability through the generosity of the late Lee Krasner, one of the leading abstract expressionist painters and the widow of Jackson Pollock. The Foundation’s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.

Wixted, who earned bachelor of art and master of art degrees from Bloomsburg (PA) University, has also been granted a studio residency by the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF) at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ. ESKFF, founded in 2009, is an alternative channel for connecting artists, curators, collectors, galleries, cultural institutions, and the public through exhibitions and programming based on private contemporary art collections.

Last year, Wixted was awarded an AU International Fellowship for Faculty Development.

February 3, 2016

Nevins Theater
This event is free and open to the public.



The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography is pleased to present visiting artist Curtis Mann. His visit coincides with the exhibition ‘Mater + Material’, a group exhibition in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery. In addition to a lecture, Mann will be present in the gallery on Tuesday, February 2nd at 12pm, for a gallery talk with Assistant Professor Lydia Anne McCarthy and Visiting Assistant Professor Scott Alario.

Curtis Mann’s photographs contain fragments of scenes that are partially erased and obscured. Mann’s process draws attention to the artifice of the photographic medium by demonstrating the malleability of images. He begins by culling images of strife and conflict in various international locations from photosharing websites such as Flickr and then has prints made. Once he has the prints in hand he covers portions of the photographs with a protective varnish and pours bleach over each one, stripping away areas not coated with varnish. Through the physical destruction and manipulation of these images, Mann questions the medium’s reliability as a documentary tool, troubling the ability of a photograph to convey truth. (from The Whitney Biennial 2010)

Curtis Mann lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Providence, RI. Select recent solo exhibitions include Openings, Almine Rech, Paris; Modifications, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; Medium and Materiality, Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy; Medium and Materiality, LUCE Gallery, Torino, Italy; making oneself, making oneself, Kavi Gupta BERLIN; After the Gold Rush: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Mann has also been included in a number of group museum exhibitions including Fruits of Passion: Project of Contemporary Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 12×12: New Artists/New Work(2009) at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the 2010 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.


Thomas Barrow – Terrace

Selections from Transformational Imagemaking

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

January 29 – February 22, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 29, 7-9 pm

Coordinated by Lydia Anne McCarthy and Sharon McConnell

Culled from the exhibition Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960, curated by Robert Hirch, this selection focuses on works specifically dealing with the material process of photography, whether it be in the camera or on the print, and highlights photography’s relationship to painting, printmaking, design and sculpture.


Van Hanos will lecture on his work Wednesday, October 28th at 5pm in Holmes Auditorium

Van Hanos (b. 1979) lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited widely in New York, including Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, PPOW Gallery, Harris Lieberman and Mitchell Innes & Nash, as well as internationally at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, Galleria Pianissimo, Milan and Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen. Hanos has had solo exhibitions at West Street Gallery, New York and Retrospective, Hudson. His work has been written about in The New York Times, Flash Art and Artforum, among other publications. He teaches painting at Columbia University.

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Hanos‘ approach to painting is valued on difference; one work may be hyperreal – a historical rendition of painting tradition – while another may be an amalgamation of styles stretching from pre-Raphaelite to the editing techniques of Photoshop. Placed in direct dialogue with each other, neither is privileged and neither is employed ironically or in parody. Hanos‘ range of approaches is held to the same principles that Hanos values not only in painting, but also in his view of life and the images that fill it.” – Tanya Leighton Gallery. Van Hanos, Not The Way [Press Release]. (2014). 

September 23, 2015

Nevins Theater
This event is free and open to the public.

The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography is pleased to present visiting artist Melanie Bonajo.

Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo’s work transcends categorization.  Through photography, performance, video and music, she unravels cultural norms and represents the female body from a distinctly female gaze.  Women bound in brooms and mops or with clay, self-formed appendages fill the frame.  Private and public space are confounded and sexuality is unhinged.  Bonajo uses the domestic space, gender and value structures to examine spiritual emptiness, a complicated contemporary relationship to nature and our, at times, bleak search for happiness.

Melanie Bonajo work has been exhibited and performed widely, including the Institute Neérlandais, Paris; Foam, Amsterdam; Kohun National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul and the Stedelijk Museum,  Amsterdam.  She has had solo shows that include Fette Gallery in Los Angeles and PPOW and Capricious in New York. In 2003 Melanie won the Dutch Young Artist Award and, in collaboration with Kinga Kielczynska, won the Pup Award in 2007. Her work has been published by Capricious, Eye-magazine, Glu, Livraison, Famous magazine, and Mullosk. Since 2004 she is the Creative Editor of Capricious, a photo magazine for young emerging photographers.


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